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The Fix Fantasy Politician Draft!

In honor of tonight's NFL Draft -- and if you haven't read the Post's profile of draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., you need to -- we got to thinking about what politician might be the first overall pick if we held a fantasy political draft. (And, yes, we spend WAY too much time thinking about politics. But, that's sort of a given.)

Put simply: What current Member of Congress, senator or governor would you pick to become a major star over the next decade? Remember that drafts are all about potential and "upside" -- whatever that is -- so look for the politician not necessarily in the most prominent place now but with the opportunity, skill set and general razzmatazz to make it to the highest level of politics.

We've nominated a handful of the people regarded as top 5 picks in any fantasy politician draft -- we really need to start this sort of thing! -- so make sure to vote below. And, if there are politicians we left out, feel free to add them in the comments section below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2010; 11:43 AM ET
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Anthony Weiner!!!

How could you forget him? At the very least he's got VP potential.

Posted by: kristinnsmith | April 23, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Scratch Claire McCaskill from your list. She is Missouri toast in 2012 in a re-match with Jim Talent. You read it here first.

Posted by: arick | April 23, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I like the draft idea, but I too think the list is a little under inclusive. Notably missing are Gov's Christie and Daniels, and possible future House Speaker Pence. And though I think the 3-D's you listed have futures in the political arena, they are likely to be overshadowed by the current administration and its progeny.

Posted by: coachk2 | April 23, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Since Obama will probably be president for eight years, there won't be any rising "stars" in his party for awhile. As to the minority party, Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana, seems as likely as any to be a rising "star."

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | April 23, 2010 3:11 AM | Report abuse

C'mon, Chris. This poll is dumb and beneath your reporting skills. You can do better than this crap.

Posted by: buster5 | April 22, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Jindal fell out of relevance when he used his SotU response to criticize "something called volcano monitoring." Given the recent trouble in Europe I think we're all a little grateful for volcano monitoring.

Posted by: thecorinthian | April 22, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

'Paul Ryan...young, telegenic, articulate, and conservative but not a radical.'

No mention of honest of course.

He may be intelligent, but I have seen him unscripted...not smart.

No problem. When he gets kicked out of politics, he becomes the Republican George Stephanopolous, young, telegenic, articulate, good know the drill.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

'Paul Ryan...young, telegenic, articulate, and conservative but not a radical. '

He is very much a radical. He wants to completely dismantle every aspect of our social safety net - a pure social darwinist.

But I agree with you about Giffords.

Posted by: drindl
Don't worry your food stamps are safe. Who wouldn't want you to survive. Your total govt dependence is a hoot.

Posted by: leapin | April 22, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

You need a "none of the above" option!

Posted by: Russ_Walker | April 22, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

This blog needs a new host. Anyone who could still be excited about McDonnell after his Macaca stumble is too lacking in perspective and judgment. McDonnell showed himself to be everything his college thesis suggested .. a backwood hick and a contemptible social conservative bigot. He'll end up at some Sons of Jacob sort of thinktank opining that America needs to take on Old Testament morality but he isn't going anywhere further in politics.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 22, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Barbour is the face of the GOP and at the top of my list.
Rebel flag waiver and nullification proponent
he represents precisely how the nation views the GOP, stuck in the arcane politics of the 1950s.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 22, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Haley Barbour!!!

Haley was a rockstar as Chairman of the RNC. Being a lobbyist is no sin as the Obamanation has proven.

Ryan is good but Haley Barbour is better. Jindal is a lightweight. Brown and McDonnell, give 'em time to see if they have the stuff. Thune, yawn.

As for the Ds. McCaskill has to worry about getting reelected. Warner doesn't have it. And who's Jack Markell? Ds are sucking wind and they know it.

Posted by: joelinpdx | April 22, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

By being a major star, does that only mean being President? I had to laugh about Schock being too conservative for his state and only rising up in the House leadership. This is probably true, but, Denny Hastert, also from Illinois, rose up in the House leadership to be Speaker of the House, not a bad gig! Also, one would have to be from a more conservative or liberal district to rise up in his or her respective party over a period of many years and not be seen as being from an endangered swing area. It is embarrassing for a party when its Speaker of the House loses an election.

I agree Daniels of Indiana belongs there. Christie of New Jersey is too new, although meeting with success. They are so broke there everyone knows big cuts have to be made.

Also, I couldn't help but notice that the 3 Dems took about 72% of the vote. Perhaps add Barbour of Mississippi and see how he does. He has state and national experience and connections and will be around for a while. Thune is getting lots of good press, but what is he really doing with himself lately? Corker, on the other hand, jumped right in and is engaging himself and his colleagues.

Posted by: gckarcher | April 22, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Chris, A fantasy draft should be for a season -- not a career. A political season might be as long as a presidential election cycle, or as short a news cycle. But 10 years? Who is going to keep score?

Posted by: cybridge | April 22, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Mark, Ron Wyden was born two years later than Mitt Romney.

I watched Paul Ryan attacking financial reform on Squawk Box Tuesday morning and I was relieved. He was terrible, nothing but Republican talking points. He did not introduce a novel idea, not once. Reminded me of Jindal.

I'd rather listen to Rick Santelli. At least he is authentic, whether wrong or wrong, he believes what he says and he is funny too, sometimes.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Paul Ryan does not want to dismantle our social security net, he wants to update it for people who live to 90 unstead of 69. It is a long overdue fix for our country. Trust me he and Obama will be working togehter (or arguing with each other) in two years time on how to reform SS and Medicare. Either way I see him as the type of conservative who may lead the GOP out of crazy town and into the modern world.

Posted by: AndyR3 | April 22, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

McCaskill is way ahead in the votes. What's the case for her?

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 22, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

'Paul Ryan...young, telegenic, articulate, and conservative but not a radical. '

He is very much a radical. He wants to completely dismantle every aspect of our social safety net - a pure social darwinist.

But I agree with you about Giffords.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Just a question... why 5 Rs and 3 Ds?

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Mark Warner of VA

Posted by: BobbyH1 | April 22, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). He is the fourth or fifth most wealthy member of congress, has already won a seat on the rules committee in his first term in the House and has taken to spreading his wealth around among his fellow democratic members of the House. He is in his early 30's. Keep an eye on this one...

Posted by: Coloradem1 | April 22, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse


I would tend to agree with your assessment of Aaron Schock....except he is from Illinois. He is waaaay too conservative to ever be a viable Republican candidate to be elected to a statewide office there from which to make a leap. He may end up in a leadership position in the House, but that is as far as he will go.

Posted by: Coloradem1 | April 22, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Schock

Posted by: brain615 | April 22, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

On the R side the poll is missing Mitch Daniels and Sam Brownback. Replace Jindal and Brown. Neither will play well for the R's nationally (and Brown will likely lose his seat in 2012 anyway).

Ryan will be a major player if he can move to the Senate or governor at some point.

On the D side the poll is missing Jack Reed. I'd just add him, as the R's currently outnumber the D's on the list 5 to 3.

Posted by: Gallenod | April 22, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Mark in Austin,

Salazar has a future as governor of Colorado after interior. If McInnis wins this year, Salazar runs in 2014; if Hick wins, he will be delayed until 2018....but he will be governor at some point. That is the job he's wanted ever since being Attny General.

Posted by: Coloradem1 | April 22, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse


If Christie gets credit for piloting NJ through the rapids, he could-just-go-all-the-way.

I bet on the rapids, however. It is NJ.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 22, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

This has been made more difficult by the R adoption of the old USC tailback slant called "Student Body Right".

I would have picked John Huntsman and Bob Corker in a minute, one year ago. I also would have picked Gov. Schweizer, and Crist. I also liked Adm. Sestak. So how have times changed?
If Goodhair wins in Nov. he has the BS the far right likes, and StreetCorner can get a job as one of his flaks. If an R wins the CA governorship it will be like jumping off the GG Bridge and hoping to survive, so there is nothing there. If the D wins, he is old enough to say that will be his last job.

Shrink, how old is Ron Wyden? Alan-in-Missoulla, how has Tester performed in the Senate? Does Salazar have a life after Interior?

This is tough. I like Jack Reed better than S Whitehouse, myself.

My wild card for this honor is Gen. Petraeus.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 22, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

As a Democrat, the up-and-coming Republican that I fear most over the next few years is Paul Ryan...young, telegenic, articulate, and conservative but not a radical. He has all of the qualities to give dems nightmares in the not too distant future.

One more Dem that should be included in the mix is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)

Posted by: Coloradem1 | April 22, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Where's Joe Francis?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 22, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Where's Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels??

Posted by: sheckljc | April 22, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

If you did this last week, how many people would have picked Rubio - and blown their pick ?


You need some sort of scoring system to rate the pols - over a period of a year - so people can score their picks and see who wins in the end.

Ten years is too long a time horizon.

Obama went to Cooper Union so he could just make a 15 minute speech?

Or is he just on another Wall Street fundraising trip ?



Posted by: 37thand0street | April 22, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Not mentioned in the poll, but Sheldon Whitehouse has a long and bright future ahead of him. Whitehouse in the White House in 2016?

Also, Artur Davis has always impressed me. It's a shame that he gave up his House seat to run for Governor. We'll see what he does after his run.

Posted by: Bondosan | April 22, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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